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The extract of garlic was found to have a significant protective action against a fat induced increase in serum cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen and in fibrinolytic activity. The volatile oil contains allicin, an active odorous principle in Garlic. A study by Silagy and Neil (1994) showed that garlic supplements have an important part to play in the treatment of high cholesterol. Overall, a 12% reduction in total cholesterol was shown over a placebo and that this reduction was normally evident after only 4 weeks treatment and was considered likely to persist for as long as the study was in progress. The largest study so far was conducted in Germany where 261 patients were given either garlic powder tablets or a placebo. After a 12 week treatment period mean serum cholesterol levels dropped by 12% in the garlic treated group and triglycerides dropped by 17% compared to the placebo group.
Garlic is used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant. It possesses antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antiarthritic, hypolipidemic, anticoagulant, hypoproteinemic, hypocholesteremic, antibacterial, antifungal, antihypertensive and hypoglycemic action. It is used in dermatophytosis, cough, intermittent fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, reduction of mineralization and antifertility. The platelet and hypolipidemic activities of Garlic ensures smooth coronary function. Garlic is also a nerve stimulant and revigorating tonic that has been known for its value in cases of sexual weakness. Garlic is commonly used to fight infection, increase circulation and help prevent cardiovascular disease. Garlic has been known to detoxify the body by cleansing the kidneys and increasing urine flow. Furthermore, Garlic's healing properties make it an ideal agent for fighting colds and flu.
Each 200 mg. capsule contains:
Allium sativum Dried Extract (6:1) (Lehsun) 200 mg.